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Apathetic [EP]

Relient KAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Gotee Records
  • ASIN: B000BM7YK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Truth
2. Apathetic Way To Be
3. Be My Escape (Acoustic)
4. Which To Bury, Us Or The Hatchet (Acoustic)
5. Over Thinking (Acoustic)
6. In Like A Lion (Always Winter)
7. The Thief

Editorial Reviews

Relient K was already flirting with the border between alt-CCM and secular pop-punk on 2003's Two Lefts Don't Make a Right... But Three Do, but they really broke through to the TRL Nation with 2005's MMHMM. The follow-up EP Apathetic is a mid-tour buzz sustainer that includes an acoustic version of the single "Be My Escape" and six other tracks. The mandolin, piano, and brushed percussion on "Escape" prove it's an even better song with the sugary studio production removed, and the Two Lefts standout "Over Thinking" shines in acoustic form, too. "Truth" is pretty generic as pop-punk goes, but "Apathetic Way to Be" finds Relient at their best, since its hook sticks with you and Matthew Thiessen's lyrics are wordier and better than most of his contemporaries. Even if he's singing about his Lord and Savior ("Begging for the proof/Sometimes the hardest thing to believe is the truth"), his nice-guy flutter will make the teenage girls swoon.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the Hardest Thing to Believe is the Truth November 21, 2005
By MrPants
Format:Audio CD
This EP is excellent. If you like anything Relient K has done before, you will dig this. I won't go into detail about all of the songs, because lots of others already have, and trust me, they're all winners. I will, however, address something that reviewer Brandon M. Londo brought up. First of all, the price. Relient K has absolutely nothing to do with setting the price for any of their releases. For the most part, this is up to the particular retail chain. Of course, they are now on Capitol Records, which is a major label and Capitol is going to get paid one way or another. I don't think that Relient K has let fame go to their heads at all. In fact, it shows how much they care about their fans by releasing new music almost every year. Some bands don't release a new record for five years and their fans almost forget about them. I digress. This is just the latest on a list of great EPs that RK has put out over the years such as the Creepy EP and the Employee of the Month EP. Also check out out their Christmas record, Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand. It's pretty sweet as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relient K does it again! November 9, 2005
By Tom W.
Format:Audio CD
I've been a big fan of Relient K from the very beginning. These guys hail from Canton, Ohio. Being from Ohio myself, you tend to here about local bands from the area on the rise. These guys stared on Christian radio, and only got limited play. Album by album, these guys have managed to escalate into the mainstream. It has been fun to see these guys mature over the years, and they have developed into an amazing band. This election day, they released the "Apathetic EP", which is the first music we've heard from them since last election day, when "MMHMM" was released.

1. "The Truth" (5/5) - This song is the typical RK sound, and continues with "MMHMM"-style lyrics about how we tend to ignore the painfully obvious truth at times.

2. "Apathetic Way To Be" (5/5) - This has been out for a while now. However this is the first time it has been released on a cd. This also has the typical Relient K sound that fans are used to. The song addresses the apathetic attitude we all struggle with at some point or another.

3. "Be My Escape (Acoustic)" (4/5) - Good stuff, but it doesn't quite do the original justice. It's definately worth a listen though. This song is about how we dig our own holes time after time, and we can and have to rely on God to bail us out every time.

4. "Which To Bury, Us or the Hatchet (Acoustic)" (5/5) - This song isn't as good as the original, but it is still a very good piece of work. This song deals with rocky friendships.

5. "Overthinking (Acoustic)" (5/5) - This song is possibly even better than the original (and that's saying a lot). The way it is put together just seems more memorable to me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RK's acoustic ep is definitely a keeper. November 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was very much looking forward to receiving and hearing the Apathetic EP from Relient K, and I haven't been disappointed. The EP is the acoustic side of RK for the most part except perhaps Track 1, "The Truth" and Apathetic Way to Be kind of bridges the gap between traditional RK rock and their acoustic sound. I have the cd in my player now, and I haven't wanted to take it out all week! Track 1, "The Truth" and Track 6, "In Like A Lion (Always Winter) are the clear favorites, but the entire ep is engaging. The Truth is contagious, and deals with the issue of doubt, something most people of faith can relate to. In Like A Lion, obviously inspired by Narnia is absolutely beautiful and haunting and I find myself wanting to hit the repeat button over and over again. They should have definitely put it in the movie soundtrack! Someone missed the boat on that one.

The acoustic remakes are also very well done, and the banjo on Be My Escape is amazing.

If you like Relient K and Matthew Thiessen & the Earthquakes, you will definitely love this ep.

--Melanie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet, as an EP should be! February 3, 2006
By JenniF
Format:Audio CD
One word: AMAZING! This EP includes 3 acoustic versions of previously recorded Relient K songs; they're all wonderful, but I have to say the one that improved most as an acoustic song is "Over Thinking." Additionally, there are 4 brand new songs that are simply fantastic. Critics will say what they want about the boys "going secular," but I'd like to hear them interpret what "The Truth" can possibly be about if not about the search for God. "Apathetic Way to Be," which was previously only available on the vinyl version of MMHMM, exhibits the clever wordplay and tongue in cheek humor that characterizes Relient K. I am personally convinced that "In Like a Lion (Always Winter)" was actually supposed to be on the soundtrack for The Chronicles of Narnia movie and was kept out due to record company politics, but that's just my own speculation, so don't go passing that around! This song has to be the best track on the album. The music is very soothing and melodic, yet somehow driving; the effect is altogether very powerful. This song also demonstrates Matt Thiessen's lyrical prowess; who can honestly say they didn't tear up at the final chorus, when he says "Sometimes it feels like You're not with us / But deep inside our hearts we know / That You are here / And we will not lose hope"? "The Thief" is reminiscent of Matt's side project Matt Thiessen and the Earthquakes; for all I know, it IS one of their songs, but now done by RK. Whatever the case, it's very beautiful, though a somewhat depressing note to end the EP on. Altogether a good buy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, nice addition
If you love Relient K and wish you had more, this is a nice addition to your collection. I'm happy to have it.
Published 6 months ago by A. Allyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Think It Could Be Done...But They Did!
This, among the EPs that Relient K has come out with (only second to the Birds and the Bees) is my favorite Relient K EP. Read more
Published on April 9, 2011 by Ted
4.0 out of 5 stars Relient K has done better
i would suggest buying the two newest cds and not buying this one at all because youll get better versions of basically the same songs
Published on September 23, 2008 by CD MAN
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Autographed!
This item didn't have anything autographed on it whatsoever. Apparently the bar code says it is so no one bothers to check and see for certain. Read more
Published on September 7, 2008 by Adam D. Roark
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Relient K EP By Far
Relient K knows, or knew, how to put out extra content, the EP. The early EPs had songs from the full length albums, as well as some goodies, sometimes good, sometimes not so much. Read more
Published on January 10, 2008 by Flap Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite EP EVER
So, I usually don't like EP albums, but since I like Relient K, I decided to try it.
I love this CD! All the songs are awesome. Read more
Published on October 6, 2007 by Candiray
5.0 out of 5 stars for acoustic lovers
hey if you like acousics, you'll love this one. three of my favorite rk songs are redone in acoustics...be my escape...which to bury, us or the hatchet...and over thinking. Read more
Published on May 12, 2007 by richy
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed.
I liked their first 2 albums, but the third-- Two lefts don't make a right, but three do-- was disappointing... disappointingly secular. Read more
Published on April 27, 2007 by K. Schussler
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome with a k-apitol R
This is probably the best ep ever. Amazing sound, and amazing messages. I can't stand that their new cd Five Score and Seven years ago comes out in March. Read more
Published on January 19, 2007 by Tim Shank
5.0 out of 5 stars Can these guys go wrong?
Apathetic EP is a new form of Relient K previously unheard. From the driving punk beats of The Truth (which reminds the listener of that good old RK classic, Chapstick) to the... Read more
Published on December 4, 2006 by Andrew R. Coons
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